At the arrival of spring
it is a natural instinct to cast off the winter
blues and feel renewed. It is also a great time
to eliminate the toxins that have been burdening
your system, leaving you sluggish and fatigued.
Make a clean sweep with the 5-step detox listed
Why you need to spring clean your body
Your body is naturally equipped with a self-cleaning
process. But too much sugar, caffeine, processed
foods, stress, and too little exercise can slow
the body's natural detox function to a slow pace.
And then your body can't clean itself when it
is put up against the increasing number of harmful
and toxic substances in the environment. Toxins
come in many forms: pesticides in produce, formaldehyde
in carpets and cosmetics, PCBs from plastic containers,
dioxins from bleached paper products, and more.
Your body will process and eliminate some of
the hordes of chemicals that enter, but overflow
gets stored in the liver, lungs, kidneys, fat
cells, intestines, blood stream, and skinwhich
can result in chronic illnesses down the road.
When you undergo a detox, you get these toxins
out of your system.
How do you know if you need a detox?
You know you're suffering from toxic overload
if you are experiencing fatigue, memory decline,
difficulty focusing, allergies and infections,
irritability, anxiety and depression, difficulty
with weight gain and weight loss, muscle and joint
pain or weakness, skin rashes and outbreaks, recurrent
yeast and fungal infections, constipation, diarrhea,
abdominal bloating, and indigestion.
Most people report vast improvement in their
symptoms after a detox. At first, you may feel
a little fuzzy because of the toxins being released.
However, when you stick with it, you will begin
to feel more alert, energized, and full of vitality.
Start small! Begin with a one-day program and
gradually increase to one week or more. Here are
5 steps to a daily detox that will gently cleanse
1. Start the Detox Day Right
First thing in the morning, drink one lemon
squeezed in 12 ounces of warm filtered water.
Lemon activates your liver to release toxins and
helps to cleanse and move the roughage that stays
behind in your intestines.
Take acidophilus or a probiotic supplement.
Acidophilus is one of the many "good"
bacteria and yeasts known as the probiotics. Probiotics
balance our intestinal functions, helping to break
down food and control the "bad" bacteria
that is also in your systemall of which
optimizes the detoxification process. Always take
probiotics on an empty stomach.
2. Your Detox Meals
These meals are designed to jump-start your body
into becoming healthier.
Breakfast: Eat oat bran cereal, brown rice,
or any other whole grain cereal as long as it
is unbleached and does not contain any added sugar
or chemicals. Pair with unflavored soy milk.
Lunch or Dinner: Eat any combination of
beans, brown rice, oat bran, vegetables, and organic
chicken, turkey, or soy-products. When you eat,
notice how your food affects you. You should feel
satisfied and energized. If you feel tired and
sluggish, try eating smaller meals so that you
don't overwhelm your digestion and interfere with
the detoxification process.
3. Eat Green to Spring into Health
The green pigment in plants, chlorophyll, is structurally
similar to the hemoglobin in the human bodythe
iron-containing element in blood. It increases
red blood cell production and improves oxygenation,
detoxification, and circulation. Be sure to eat
several servings of fresh green vegetables every
day during your detox. Try this super-cleansing
broth and juice as a quick way to up your veggie
Detox Broth: Add as many of these ingredients
as you can into a large pot of filtered water:
collards, Swiss chard, kale, mustard greens, cabbage,
dandelion, Brussels sprouts, daikon radish, watercress,
seaweed, shitake mushrooms, cilantro, garlic,
leeks, fresh fennel, anise, fresh ginger, and
turmeric. Boil until all ingredients are soft.
You can make in a large batch and refrigerate
for up to three days.
Detox Juice: Juice the following together: Aloe
vera juice (which can be found in most health
food stores), apples, asparagus, beets (including
greens), cabbage, carrot and carrot greens, celery,
cucumbers, and parsley. You can also purchase
vegetable juice from the store, but be sure that
it has no added salt or chemicals.
4. Supplement Your Detox
Take a daily supplement of 1 tablespoon
of flax seed oil, walnut oil, or deep-sea fish
Green Tea is a strong antioxidant, and
a great beverage choice for your detox. Be sure
to drink decaffeinated green tea.
Dandelion and Milk Thistle both protect
and restore the liver. According to Chinese medicine,
the liver is most active in the detoxification
process during spring.
Ginger is a bowel and kidney cleanser.
Make yourself tea from fresh ginger root during
A popular herbal formula among my patients is
Internal Cleanse, a special combination of natural
herbs to detoxify, calm nerves, clear the mind,
promote emotional balance, and ease digestion.
For more information, click here.
5. Take an Invigorating Herbal Soak
Soak for 20 minutes in a revitalizing herbal bath.
Help draw out toxins by infusing your bath water
with eucalyptus, wintergreen, peppermint, fennel,
cinnamon, and epsom salts.
Spring may be the best time to cleanse your body,
but you don't have to wait until spring to start.
Detoxification and cleansing is a healthy maintenance
program for all seasons.